This is a special day in my relationship with my MI Band. For 41 days in a row I have able to meet my daily goal of walking minimum 8000 steps. That apparently is better than 67 percent of the users who are sharing their results. Not too bad, I think.
Weekends are difficult though. I don’t get the automatic 4000 steps from the daily walks between home, train station and my workplace, and with freezing temperature (RealFeel – 13°) I don’t see myself walk another 4-5000 steps today. And so my steak is coming to an end. I will also go on vacation soon, and I don’t want that to become an exercise in, well, exercising.
Having said that, I look forward to starting over again, because this walking thing is good. Not just the exercise itself, but the evening walks that are sometimes required to reach the 8000 or even the Google-Fit stretch goal of 10,000 steps are a great way to clear the head after a long day and relax.
Looking back at my previous post, what have I learnt?
- First of all, I actually do get a fair amount of exercise everyday that I go to work
- knowing the distance of certain standard walk is great too, such as he distance to the train station, the super market and the kindergarten
- You get used to wearing a wristband on your right hand all day, every day, However, the fact that it doesn’t show the time immediately when you look at it makes it a showstopper for my as daily driver watch. the heart rate sensor still doesn’t work well. Therefore, However, the MI Band 2 still still won’t replace my old wrist watch. I am however, warming to the idea of getting a proper smart watch.
Finally, where I previously picked the work-from-home option often to avoid a lengthy commute (most of my stakeholders and daily co-workers are at other locations in any case, so where I work from doesn’t make a big difference), I am now more likely to make the trip.
- For a while I have been toying with the idea of getting a tablet (I am generally not an early adapter : ), but being an Android person that is always a disappointing market to shop in. The high-end stuff is still 2 years old running, and there really is no middle tier, which would be the interesting point for someone who is mostly looking for an e-book reader. As a test I wrote part of this post on my daughter’s Lenovo Tablet 10″, and while that does work, I see that I can write just as well on my OP3 phone with it’s 5.5″ screen. And the sorry state of Android tablets need no further explanation to me: As the phones get bigger, they become less relevant. With 6″ phones becoming increasingly prevalent (and handle-able, thanks to shrinking bezels), that tendency can only continue.
- Speaking of tables being replaced by phones: The year’s big electronics shows like CES and MWC have come and gone, with none of the excitement I remember from 3-5 years ago. And the Samsung Galaxy S9 has come out and is unexpectedly getting favorable reviews with a it of a so-what tone, with the improvements being as expected. Personally I am most interested in hearing about the next generation of Nokia phones that is, HMD phones), since they promise high-end builds combined with vanilly Android One.
- Also speaking of bigger pones impact: I scrapped an laptop this weekend (A 2009ish Dell latidue E4200), which, while still working, was not providing any value compared to my phone or the other house laptop (a 2014 model). I kind of hoped to be able to reuse the SSD in my desktop PC to test Windows 10 1803 (since my experience with the 1709 was bumpy), but since the connectors were non-standard, that was not to be)
- I am reading Robert Heinlein’s “The Moon is Harsh Mistress“. Heinlein is one of those authors I have long wanted to read more of, ever since ‘Starship Troopers’ which has long been a favorite of mine. Great book so far and I look forward to be fully qualified to say that “There Ain’t No Such Thing As A Free Lunch” (while the term may not have originated with Heinlein, his use s the one that counts for me). It is amazing how one can read a science fiction book from 1966, i.e., written three years before the first moon landing, doesn’t feel old-fashioned in any way, whereas many never stories, especially if technology driving the story, can wear out surprisingly fast.
- I am really looking forward to finally watch The Last Jedi. I have been well able to dodge spoilers, but it is now so long after the movie premier that it’s story seems to be considered general knowledge, not requiring a spoiler alert. Almost there – almost there…